NCR health workers to get sign language trainingThursday, June 21, 2012 09:05 AM Views : 350GMA News
Department of Health Metro Manila Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said Thursday that health workers and caregivers in Metro Manila may soon get sign language training from the department so they can attend to patients with hearing and speech impediments.
This will prevent errors in communication which "can pose health risks to (a person with disability's) health and also liability to the healthcare provider, especially those with hearing and speech impairment."
"Communication is a vital component of ensuring effective delivery of healthcare services, and health care providers must be equipped with the basic forms of sign language for them to render an effective and quality care for patients with communication impairment," said Janairo in a DOH press statement.
Janairo said sign language is a complete visual mode of communication and is the fourth most-used language worldwide.
The DOH cited figures from the 2004 PWD, or Persons with Disabilities, nationwide registration showing there are some 508,270 registered PWDs, although it is believed there are actually 8.4 million PWDs in the country.
Of these 508,270, 87,809 have hearing and speech impairments. Metro Manila has 17,697 registered PWDs.